What is robotic surgery?

Robotic Surgery is a general term describing robot-assisted surgical procedures. More specifically, at The Utah Robotic Institute, we invested in five surgical robots that enhance that are designed to facilitate complex surgeries using a minimally invasive approach - to aid our surgeons and staff in their surgical procedures.

Robotic surgery does not mean that the robot performs surgery autonomously, without aide. In fact, these complex systems require highly-skilled surgeons to be at their controls to operate. At The Utah Robotic Institute, we have the very best. With 22 specialty-trained robotic surgeons at our facility, our teams have completed over 2,000 robotic-assisted surgeries since 2011.

What is “minimally invasive” surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery means that rather than large incisions, we are able to use small surgical instruments that fit through a series of smaller incisions to perform your procedure. The dexterity offered by the da Vinci Surgical System allows for the same outcomes as traditional surgery but with smaller entrance points and (generally) shorter recovery times.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

  • Increased surgical precision
  • Smaller surgical incisions
  • Less pain
  • Shorter overall recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss

What are the risks of robotic surgery?

Each surgery that we perform comes with a unique set of risks and outcomes that should be discussed with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Robotic surgery does come with a set of risks, many of which mirror those encountered through traditional surgical methods. Whether you are considering traditional surgery or robotic-assisted surgery, we encourage all of our patients to be informed of all possible outcomes through research and in-depth discussion with your doctor.

Is robotic surgery an option for my procedure?

St. Mark’s offers the broadest range of robotic service lines in the state of Utah with capabilities ranging from general surgery to cardiac, orthopedic, urological and gynecological procedures. While not all of our patients currently qualify as candidates for robotic procedures, advancements in the field are being made continually. Please visit with your individual surgeon to discuss your procedure and whether or not robotic surgery is an option for you.

What surgeries have been performed robotically?

The types of robotic surgical procedures are continually growing as more and more specialists are trained to utilize its capabilities. Some of the more common surgeries that have been performed include:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery

St. Mark’s Robotics Institute has performed over 50 unique procedures with the assistance of our robotics technology. Please consult with your surgeon to see if robotic-assisted surgery is a possibility for your procedure.

How do I prepare for robotic surgery?

Preparing for your surgery at the St. Mark’s Robotic Institute is really no different than preparing for other types of surgeries. Your surgeon will brief you on all of the pre-op instructions and routines that you will need to follow prior to your procedure. Any special instructions from your surgeon will be reviewed at the time of your pre-op consultation.

Is the recovery time different with robotic surgery?

Generally, patients utilizing robotic surgery have been found to have improved recovery time over more traditional open surgery options. Because the technology allows for smaller incisions and increased surgical precision, patients are generally able to resume normal activity faster than traditionally reported.

Will my insurance cover robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is commonly classified as minimally invasive surgery. If your insurance covers your particular diagnosis and minimally invasive procedures, they will likely include robotic surgery as a surgical option. It is always important to review your coverage prior to scheduling your procedure; our helpful office staff and billing department can assist you in navigating your upcoming surgery and contacting your insurance provider to discuss coverage.